Barium is an inert white substance that can be swallowed or introduced via the colon to help examine the digestive tract. The barium coats the wall of the digestive tract, making its surface visible when examined with x-rays. Some examinations involve introducing gas, either by swallowing a fizzy drink, or inflating the bowel with air through a soft tube.
The study can assist in identifying processes such as inflammation, tumours, strictures and other structural changes.
Booking your appointment
Please call our friendly staff on 8402 0200. These procedures are only performed at certain sites. Please discuss available options with our booking staff.
What to bring
- Radiology referral
- Medicare card
- Healthcare/Concession card (if applicable)
- Previous relevant imaging
- Other relevant documents
Preparation for your study
Our staff will explain any relevant preparation with you over the phone at the time of the booking. The following preparation instructions serve as a reminder.
Do not eat or drink for six hours prior to your examination.
You will be required to start an enema kit 12 noon the day before, which can be collected from your doctor's rooms or our department.
Most barium studies require 30 minutes.
Please arrive at the time specified when you make your appointment.